Sunday, Oct 29 - Letter to the Editor from Chairman Lisa P Young and Executive Director Nancy Turrell
In the spirit of National Arts & Humanities Month, we appreciate the strong coverage the Stuart News provides to our vibrant arts community. It is one of the many reasons we are poised for recognition as one of the best small art towns in America.
The Oct. 16 front-page coverage of the exciting Florida Christmas Tree project at Jensen Beach High School, with local artist Janeen Mason, is a perfect example of the collaborations happening in our community that literally breathe life into the arts.
This project and (many others very similar) are supported by the Arts Council of Martin County with funding provided through the Florida Arts License Plate program.
Today in Martin County, the arts are alive and contributing to our local economy. Twenty or 25 years ago, it was very different. Our community is stronger, more beautiful and certainly more interesting because of the arts.
In a 2008 study, the impact of the nonprofit arts sector was more than $16 million in economic activity. We are confident that number has grown.
As of January 2012, Martin County is home to 644 arts-related businesses. They employ 1,697 people in our community.
These area businesses play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. Not only do they employ a creative workforce, spend money locally and generate government revenue, they are also a cornerstone of tourism and economic development.
Tell us what you'd like to see next. Post on our Facebook page or send us an email. We're always looking out on the horizon for the next best way to enhance and promote Stuart as an arts destination.